I LOVE using a freshly sharpened knife. Whenever I go to a friends house to cook I usually feel out of my element if the knives are dull. A good quality knife will last you a lifetime, if you treat it well. Frequent "sharpening" or straightening out of the blade is vital to the quality of your knife. Remember to use a chopping block and not a glass, ceramic or tile cutting board that will ding and dent your blade. If you are not familiar with how to properly sharpen your blade check out this video for a demonstration.